All new Saint Mary's students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session before beginning their first semester courses.

The International Student Orientation makes your transition to the United States easier. Through interactive workshops and presentations, you will be introduced to concepts of intercultural communication and immigration concepts to build a strong foundation to help you settle into your new life at Saint Mary’s. During orientation, you will be involved in activities to help you learn about life as an international student at Saint Mary's. You'll also learn about the F-1 student visa, how to maintain your status, as well as how to work in the US.

For more information regarding International Student Orientation, visit the Center for International Programs.


All students are charged a one-time $300 Orientation fee applied directly to their student account. The fee covers all costs associated with Orientation, administrative needs, materials, food, and staffing.